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Hawaii Wildlife Center is looking for interns for our Manu O Ku (White Tern) Soft-release program on Oahu

Manu O Ku interns spend 2 weeks on the Big Island training at the Hawaii Wildlife Center followed by at least a 6 week commitment in Oahu assisting the Manu O Ku soft release program. Our Manu O Ku soft release program is hosted at the Honolulu Zoo and is a joint partnership between the Honolulu Zoo & the Hawaii Wildlife Center. Interns provide daily care, feeding, as well as health and behavior monitoring of orphaned chicks and continue to care for chicks until they are independently hunting on their own and not needing assisted feeding. In addition to working directly with Manu O Ku chicks - interns will also have the opportunity to assist with wildlife conservation efforts at the Zoo as requested. Seasonally (during fall) interns may have the opportunity to help with downed seabird response and evaluation through the HWC’s Oahu Seabird Aid program. 

The internship is unpaid. No housing is provided on Oahu or on the Big Island. Qualified candidates are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the Big Island and Oahu. It is suggested that you do research on local housing options before arriving.

Interns that successfully complete the program will receive a certificate describing the work performed.

The internship is offered February to September.

If you are interested in applying please send us your CV and a Letter of Intent to


  • Posted On

    September 15, 2018
  • Closing Date

    December 31, 2022
  • Organization

    Hawaii Wildlife Center
  • Location

    Big Island & Oahu
  • Position Type

For more information about Hawaii Wildlife Center and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 808 884 5000 or via email at

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